April 26, 2018

Oregon Governor Fires State Librarian

In a decision that caught many members of the Oregon library community by surprise, Gov. Kate Brown fired Oregon State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen on March 13.

New to the Best Seller Lists | Book Pulse

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey leads the bestsellers. George R.R. Martin is spending his time not writing The Winds of Winter. Police have arrested a suspect in the Golden State Killer case, the murder/rape cases brought to new attention by Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.

Sports As a Model for Library Leadership Learning | Leading from the Library

Sports and librarianship rarely come up in the same conversation, but when it comes to learning about leadership there may be common ground between the two.

James Comey Makes Book

A Higher Loyalty is outselling Fire and Fury and Hillary Clinton’s What Happened by 3:1 and 2:1 margins. The Handmaid’s Tale gets focused attention and Esquire interviews Pulitzer Prize-winner Andrew Sean Greer.

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Lists—and More Lists | Book Pulse

More reading lists are out (on a wide range of topics) just as the GQ list makes more noise. Chasing Hillary by Amy Chozick and Jack Tapper’s The Hellfire Club get notable attention. The trailer for Crazy Rich Asians, based on the book by Kevin Kwan sells more copies. And EW offers a Westworld reading list.

Discovering America’s Favorite Novel | PBS Announces The Great American Read

On Friday, April 20, at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) introduced The Great American Read, an eight-part multiplatform series that will culminate in what PBS calls the first-ever national vote for America’s favorite novel. The series, created for PBS by the independent television production company Nutopia, will […]

Death By 1,000 Cuts | Periodicals Price Survey 2018

Flat budgets, price increases, and a reliance on status journals for tenure and promotion keep familiar pressures on the serials marketplace.

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen leads holds this week. Entertainment Weekly lists summer movies, many are related to books. HBO releases a teaser trailer for their adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.

The Big Thrill | ITW Thriller Award Nominees 2018

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) have announced the nominees for the 2018 Thriller Awards. The winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XIII on July 14, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt, New York City.

Q&A with Jennifer Egan, New PEN American President

On March 1 PEN America, a literature and human rights organization that advocates for freedom of expression, named Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jennifer Egan as its new president.

Authors of Consequence | Book Pulse

Two sources list some of the world’s most influential authors. A handful of award shortlists and finalists appear. The Hunger Games series turns 10, with new covers.

MIT Media Lab Collaborates with Public Librarians

The MIT Media Lab has expanded beyond academic and corporate collaborations to join forces with public libraries for the Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX), coordinated by the Media Lab Learning Initiative and MIT Libraries and supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation.

First Year Experience Conference at CWRU Focuses on Service, Student Retention

The third Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference, held at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University on March 21 and 22, focuses on all aspects of the first-year student experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students.

New to the Best Seller Lists | Book Pulse

Circe by Madeline Miller tops the fiction NYT bestsellers list while The Thief: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward does the same on the USA Today list. The Jurassic World trailer is trending and James Comey continues his book blitz.